How to Get all DVDs into Plex Media Server for Storage and Streaming
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
If you have a number of DVDs, wouldn't it be nice to have all these movies backed up and saved to watch anytime you want without having to pull out the disc? Plex Media Server is the solution. It allows you to store all your movies on a central server and watch them anywhere you want. You can watch them on your TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. The point here is, if Plex can support DVD files, shall we need to rip DVD to Plex? Well, this article will give you the answer to copying DVD to Plex for watching and streaming.
Preparation: To rip and backup DVD discs, what you need is a DVD ripping tool. Brorsoft DVD Ripper is the bee's knees, which can help you finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection. With it, you can convert DVD to almost all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. and even extract MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. audio from DVD movies. Best of all, it allows you to copy your DVD to hard drive with original structure or main movie only. If you're using a Mac, please turn to DVD Ripper for Mac, which enables you to convert DVD to Plex on Mac OS X (Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra included).
Note: If you have the ripped DVDs that maintain the original DVD file structure(VIDEO_TS), you still need a DVD ripper to reformat these DVD files. It because that Plex states VIDEO_TS and other image file formats (ISO, etc.) are currently incompatible with the streaming system. It has to be repackaged or encoded into a file that can be streamed by the media server. Brorsoft's DVD to Plex Converter can also be your wise choice for it fully supports converting DVD VIDEO_TS folder and ISO image files.
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Guide: Convert DVD to Plex compatible format
STEP 1. Import DVD movies
Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD ripping software and click the "Load Disc" button to have the DVD content imported. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.
STEP 2. Decide output format
Click Format bar and choose MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it.
STEP 3. Advanced Settings
With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
STEP 4. Start ripping DVD to Plex
Hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD to Plex compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream them just fine.
If you not only wanna convert DVD videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray videos or HD Videos such as MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI, FLV movies to play on Plex, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice. It is a yet professional all-in-one Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. What's more, its deinterlacing function and merging, cropping, trimming, adding subtitles ability are what its many competitive products lack of.
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